Ninety-nine years in the past on at the present time, the then Prince of Wales had arrived in Patna as half of his royal tour of India, and the first medical college of Bihar and Orissa was named after him to commemorate his go to to what was then a younger provincial capital.
Edward, Prince of Wales and son of British monarch King George V, had travelled throughout the Indian subcontinent from October 1921 to March 1922. And, the historic metropolis of Patna was on his busy royal itinerary.
On the morning of December 22, 1921, he reached Patna by way of practice and steamer from Nepal.
According to archival information, Edward, after touchdown on the ‘Commissioner’s Ghat in Patna’, drove in semi-state to a grand reception durbar that was hosted in his honour on the Bankipore Maidan — now Gandhi Maidan.
In the afternoon, he performed polo and after dinner on the Government House (now Raj Bhawan), attended a casual reception there, to which a number of friends have been invited from the younger province of Bihar and Orissa, formally born in 1912 with capital at Patna after the historic Delhi Durbar of King George V in 1911.
Among the invited friends was Rai Bahadur Radha Krishna Jalan of the legendary Quila House in Patna City. He was a businessman and a famous character of his time.
Aditya Jalan, 43, the present scion of the Jalan household and his nice grandson, mentioned R Okay Jalan was additionally an awesome collector of arts and meticulously preserved all of the invitation playing cards and pamphlets associated to the occasions that he attended in these days.
“The invites and other documents related to the royal visit of Prince of Wales to Patna is in my archives now. The invitation cards, include for events like the grand durbar, separate one for him and his wife, and the Government House reception the same evening,” Aditya Jalan advised PTI.
Today is the precise day when 99 years in the past, that historic durbar was held, however folks have forgotten the historical past, he rued.
“The next day a garden party was given by the Behar Landholders Association to the Prince of Wales at the historic Hardinge Park during his two-day visit to Patna. The invitation card that was sent to my great grandfather has a rather royal look, with a photo of Prince Edward printed on top in an artistic frame, flanked by his royal crest and motto ‘Ich Dien’ (I serve),” Aditya mentioned.
The prince, who later turned King Edward VIII, wrapped up his Patna go to and left for Calcutta on the night time of December 23 the place he additionally spent Christmas and inaugurated the enduring Victoria Memorial Hall, whose basis stone was laid by his father in 1906 throughout his royal tour because the then Prince of Wales.
Four years after Prince Edward’s go to, Bihar and Orissa’s first medical college — The Prince of Wales Medical College — was established in 1925 in Bankipore, not very removed from the Maidan the place the durbar was held.
The historic medical college, one of the oldest within the Indian subcontinent, traces its origin to the Temple Medical School arrange in 1874 in Patna.
The new establishment, formally inaugurated two years later after it was arrange to commemorate the royal go to of 1921, stands on the banks of Ganga as a “priceless heritage of the city”.
However, a number of a long time after the Independence, it, too, was renamed to Patna Medical College and Hospital or PMCH, as it’s popularly identified in the present day.
An enormous marble plaque, bearing the previous title of the college and the Prince of Wales royal crest, put in proper exterior the principal’s workplace, nonetheless, tells the story of its inception and the status it loved earlier, all however light now.
The plaque reads that the college was established in 1925 and formally inaugurated by the then Sir Henry Wheeler, the then lieutenant governor of Bihar and Orissa, on February 25, 1927.
“An official opening ceremony was held and in my archives. I have also found an invitation card for the event sent to my great grandfather,” Aditya mentioned.
The sprawling college campus is dotted with historic buildings, together with the Bankipore General Hospital and Women Hospital, which have been geared up with particular lifts in that period, the principle administrative constructing, and physiology and anatomy departments, amongst different buildings.
However, this heritage is threatened as its iconic, previous buildings are proposed to be dismantled in a number of phases as half of a redevlopment plan of the Bihar authorities that was drawn up few years in the past and confronted opposition from its alumni unfold internationally.
Prateek Nishant, a PMCH alumnus whose nice grandfather, Tarini Prasad Sinha, was among the many first-graduating batch in 1927, mentioned: “It’s sad, this pioneering institution has been shorn of its glory first and now we might lose the old heritage, too, which should be preserved for posterity.”